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12:15 AM ET, December 7, 2017

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ESPN:
Aaron Boone understands expectations; wants to get lost in the process  —  NEW YORK — When the Yankees hired Aaron Boone to replace Joe Girardi, they wanted a new-age, modern manager.  Boone very much sounded like he fit the description when he was asked to define success for his new job.
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Dallas Keuchel pitched in postseason with foot injury  —  Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched with an undisclosed injury to his left foot during the second half of the season and throughout the team's run to the World Series title in October, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Mike Axisa / CBSSports.com:
Why new Yankees manager Aaron Boone is trying to forget that 2003 ALCS home run  —  Boone has been trying to distance himself from the home run because of what happened next  —  NEW YORK — Given how things played out, it can be easy to forget new Yankees manager Aaron Boone played so poorly …
Discussion: NESN.com
Zachary Ripple / New York Daily News:   Astros ace Dallas Keuchel pitched throughout postseason with foot injury: report
New York Daily News:   Aaron Boone calls Yankees manager job ‘the chance of a lifetime’
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
10 questions for new Yankees manager Aaron Boone
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Evan Drellich / NBCSports.com:
Red Sox take Henry Owens off 40-man roster, setting up potential acquisition  —  The Red Sox have put former top prospect Henry Owens on outright waivers, taking him off the 40-man roster, a baseball source said Wednesday.  —  The 40-man roster was full after the Red Sox protected players ahead of the Rule 5 draft.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and Over the Monster
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Place Henry Owens On Outright Waivers  —  The Red Sox have placed former top prospect Henry Owens on outright waivers, removing him from the 40-man roster and clearing a space for a possible acquisition, reports Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston.  Drellich notes that it is not immediately clear …
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
No Babe Ruth of Japan? How about the King Kong of Slug? Breaking down Boston's winter wish list
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Angels trade prospect to get more money to pursue Shohei Ohtani  —  The Angels and Seattle Mariners, two of the three finalists for Shoehei Ohtani who have financial wiggle room, engaged in a duel of deals to get more money to pursue the Japanese superstar on Wednesday night.
Discussion: Baseball America
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Report: Angels acquire $1 million in international slot money from the Twins  —  Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels have acquired  —  $1 million in international slot money from the Twins in exchange for minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson.  This comes on the heels of the
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton, Ohtani, who comments on Posey's ‘great aura’  —  Giancarlo Stanton loves to play at AT&T Park, and Shohei Ohtani loves Buster Posey's “great aura.”  —  Those were two of the takeaways in the Giants' meetings with the two players they're pursuing the most …
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Rafael Palmeiro, 53, says ‘no doubt’ he can make it back to MLB  —  Rafael Palmeiro, who is 53 and last played in 2005, said he is thinking about trying to make a comeback.  —  Palmeiro told The Athletic, “there's no doubt in my mind I can do it.”  —  A four-time All-Star first baseman …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks bring back reliever T.J. McFarland on one-year deal  —  The Diamondbacks signed pitcher T.J. McFarland to a one-year deal on Wednesday, reuniting with the left-handed reliever less than a week after non-tendering him on Friday.  —  McFarland received a major league deal …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks' Brad Boxberger joins Archie Bradley, others, as late-inning option
Robert Murray / FanRag Sports:
Braves to sign Christian Colon to minor-league deal  —  The Atlanta Braves have an agreement in place with former Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins infielder Christian Colon on a minor-league deal, a league source tells FanRag Sports.  The deal is expected to include an invitation to Spring Training
Discussion: Talking Chop and MLB Trade Rumors
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Maria Torres / Kansas City Star:   Former Royals first-rounder Christian Colon could get a second chance with Braves
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
No questions on Ohtani, but about that six-man rotation ...  ARLINGTON  —  The Texas Rangers sent out a news release and tweet explaining that they would announce the signing of a free agent at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.  —  The first thought for many was Shohei Ohtani, who met …
Discussion: The Seattle Times
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Associated Press:
Aaron Sanchez to resume throwing after injury-plagued season  —  TORONTO — Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to resume throwing this week, almost three months after his 2017 season ended prematurely because of a sprained tendon and nagging blister on his middle finger.
Associated Press:
Indians, Twins extend safety netting at ballpark for 2018  —  The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are the latest Major League Baseball teams to announce plans to expand safety netting at their ballparks for the 2018 season.  —  The Indians will extend the current vertical netting behind home plate …
 
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